23rd April 2018, we tied the knot. Now that it’s almost a year ago, I want to finally share the process towards this magical day with you all.
We had this dream of getting married in another country and the idea of a cheesy Vegas wedding was growing on us. Victor proposed to me in December 2017 with his mind set on marrying in Vegas, during our US trip we had booked to attend Viva Las Vegas.
From December to mid-April is a pretty short time to arrange marriage stuff, let alone to get it done overseas! There were some stressful moments, but we managed to get everything worked out the way we wanted.
One of the biggest decisions: the dress! Before, I used to say I wanted a simple dress and had my eyes set on the Roses Femme Fatale dress by The Pretty Dress Company. Unfortunately that line was discontinued and from the dresses that were left my size had sold out. Browsing the internet for dress ideas I found an 1950s ad from Mori-Lee depicting calf-length, full skirt dresses with lace details.
I decided to try my chances on the Ooh La La vintage swap and sell Facebook group to find anything similar in such short time. And the stars aligned! Kristi from Vintage Blue Moon had this incredible wedding dress in pristine condition: princess cut bodice, V-cut neckline with lace and embellished details, tulle cap sleeves, a super full skirt with lace border and, my favorite part, layered tulle at the back of the skirt. This dress immediately stole my heart and also my mom and sister confirmed this dress looked like it was made for me. As if a dream, all the dress’ measurements were just spot on my size and I didn’t have to get anything altered – how crazy is that for a true vintage gown!?
To show of the glorious volume and detailing of the skirt, the dress needed a massive petticoat, just like in the original Mori Lee ad. I ordered a custom cream one at Hand Made Petticoats on Etsy. This particular petticoat measures 33” in length and contained 6 layers of fabric – knowing a regular petticoat has about 2-3 layers. Now, that’s a lot of poof! We had to put it in a vacuum bag to be able to transport it in a suitcase. It was totally worth the hassle to fit it into my suitcase, as this super poofy petticoat was just what this dress needed.
Now that my dress was all sorted, I moved on to the accessories. I’m not one to go all plain, I wanted an accent color, but nothing too bold. Since pink is my favorite color, I wanted to go for something in that spectrum of tones.
I’ve known Ruby Shoo for their adorable retro design shoes of great quality and their range is vegan. At the time I was looking for wedding shoes, their Spring/Summer collection had just launched including the perfect pair of pearl T-strap heels with rose-gold accents.
From there, I continued to my hair piece. I’ve been following Sarah from Pin Up Curl for a while and loved seeing all her beautiful creations on many brides. Since I knew she had experience with the type of bridal hair piece I fancied, I contacted her through her Etsy shop for a custom order. She worked from the photos I sent her from my wedding gown and the color scheme of my wedding shoes to create a veiled half-hat in a variety of tiny flowers in white, champagne and blush with gold details. She also made a matching boutonniere for my husband, so we had a harmonious theme in both our outfits.
For the rest of the accessories, I kept it very simple: I wore flower-shaped earrings with pearl pendants from my grandmother and, of course, my engagement ring. My little bouquet came with the wedding chapel package, where I selected the white color option for the roses.
The groom’s outfit
I think it went a lot easier for my husband’s outfit. He didn’t go all vintage-style, but went for a classic fitted dark blue 3-piece suit which still matched my vintage gown very beautifully. He paired it with a plain white blouse with elegant cufflinks and, cherry on top, the boutonniere that matched my hair piece.
The Chapel & Ceremony
Selecting a wedding chapel was a real mind breaker. I think we compared every wedding chapel possible to find the one we liked most with a decent package for the price. At the end, we went for the Graceland Wedding Chapel. We had set our hearts on the traditional look of the chapel and their customer service handled all our questions and doubts wonderfully.
We went for a traditional ceremony aka without an Elvis impersonator. However, we did choose to play an Elvis song – Can’t help falling in love – since the lyrics to that song really tells our story and it was the Graceland chapel after all.
On our big day, we hired a limo to take us to from the casino/hotel to the wedding chapel. Luckily a limo is roomy enough to fit my massive petticoat in.
We arrived earlier than our given time slot, so we could wait and refresh in a room next to the chapel. Waiting, we witnessed an Elvis wedding and tiki-style vowel renewals.
Then, it was our turn. While our song was playing, we entered the chapel and then everything went pretty quick, about 10 minutes – another reason why we fancied a chapel wedding: the short duration – until we were officially husband and wife.
Wedding photography & dinner
After the ceremony we had some wedding photography scheduled with Keith Kaplan. We had some photos taken in the desert as well as some cheesy ones at the strip and the big casinos.
We concluded our day with a Chinese dinner at a vegan restaurant we had only discovered a few days before.
Back at the hotel/casino we put our newlyweds’ luck to the test at the gambling machine.
It was a truly magical day and just perfect for the two of us. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I can’t believe it’s already been a year ago. Time goes fast when you’re having fun, I guess. And I love how our marriage has brought us even more together.